One person was injured in a shooting Monday morning, March 21st, the third in Sioux City in a week.
This string of gun violence in the community has been a concern for many residents, so Siouxland News spoke to the Sioux City Police Department about what is happening.
Sgt. Jeremy McClure says the Sioux City Police Department takes gun violence seriously and has put all the resources the department has into investigating these crimes and getting both the guns and violent offenders off the streets.
Sunday night, March 20th, one person was hurt when a tan SUV shot at a man and two kids in a black Chrysler.
One person in the car was hurt, though not from gunfire.
Police are still searching for that SUV and the people in it.
Also, last Monday, March 14th, a woman was shot after entering a man's home trying to purchase meth.
Sgt. McClure says these crimes aren't random.
They are typically stemming from issues between individuals who are then turning to gun violence to solve their problems.
"It's very concerning to the fact that people feel that they need to resort to guns to handle some of these situations. And this is something that I think we're all seeing across the nation as it is," Sgt. McClure said. "I mean, these aren't random events. People just aren't minding their own business and getting shot at. A lot of them are involved in some sort of feud that's going on that precipitates this."
So these aren't just random out-of-the-blue events. There's some conflict that's been going on, that leads to this moment.Police are still searching for information regarding the March 21st shooting at 1600 Nebraska and the shooting on Sunday, March 20th near Cook Park.
Sgt. McClure says police need the public's help to find those involved.
"You need somebody out there who has information that can help get a violent person off the street," Sgt. McClure said. "Give us that tip, give us a chance to help make our streets safer. There's only so much that we can do in our job without a partnership from the community and if this is the kind of community that you want to be safe and to not have violent people, just, you know, shooting randomly at each other, then please give us that information. Help us get these people off the streets."
If you have any information on any of these crimes, you can report that information to the Sioux City Police Department by calling (712) 279 - 6960 or, if you'd like to remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (712) 258 - TIPS.
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